Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are working to protect New Jersey's water, environment, and communities from the damaging effects of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station (OC), one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the country with a history of numerous safety violations - including leaking radioactive waste.
We are working in coalition with Grandmothers, Mothers & More for Energy Safety (GRAMMES) to ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State of New Jersey guarantee the plant is safe to operate in a post-Fukushima world and after Hurricane Sandy. In 2010, we helped ensure the shutdown of OC in 2019, but due to the number of safety and health concerns, we continue to push for increased inspection, oversight and earlier closure.
Hurricane Sandy caused incredible damage at the Jersey Shore and surrounding areas, including increased safety risks at Oyster Creek located along Barnegat Bay, one of 28 designated national Ocean Estuaries.
During the storm, flooding was just inches away from disrupting the plant's emergency cooling system, threatening to turn the Jersey Shore into another Fukushima. Plant officials also discovered new cracks or precursors to cracks in and around OC's reactor vessels and control rods.
OC has a General Electric (GE) Boiling Water Reactor of the same design as Fukushima. Given what happened at Fukushima and the ongoing problems, we are calling for all of the nation's aging boiling water reactors, including Oyster Creek, to be shut down.
The small amount of power that Oyster Creek supplies to the electrical grid serving NJ, about 1.5 percent, is not worth the public safety risk.
Write a letter to NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin, chair of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel. Urge him to do all he can to ensure all safety issues are addressed at Oyster Creek now. For more information, read the news stories, press releases, and fact sheets below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.